I find that I use it often – the phrase “out of the blue” – to describe events, ideas, and the way things strike me. I wonder if I use it more than others, or if I’m just less prepared than others and things catch me off guard. Regardless, I enjoy contemplating the notion that things happen unexpectedly. That some of the best things in life are unplanned, unscheduled, and come to us by chance – out of the blue. The real beauty for me is what becomes of us because of them.
In my work, “out of the blue” represents migration, journey and the stories that happen along the way. Many of the drawings are done on maps. Maps of places traveled. Maps given to me by friends. Maps that come with their own history. Represented are maps of some of the places that I love – Florida, North Carolina, and Oregon.
Here’s to the journey.
Other points of departure for my drawings might be a piece of paper found in an old book that containes the owners doodles or handwriting. Those marks, the age of the paper, slight rips or tears bear witness to a past unknown to me. I enjoy excavating through those marks, setting off on a new path - a new visual adventure.